Fourteen hours into my flight across the Atlantic Ocean, I finally opened the shade at my window seat to have a look, and I see Africa. I SEE AFRICA!
Forty thousand feet below, the land is copper in color, and some tan spots wind about across the flat Namib Desert. At the eastern edge of the desert are small mountains that are dusty green. I see no water, no cars and no people. I don’t think I see a tree either. This is Namibia.
Eventually I see one long meandering river of water; offshoots appear completely dried out. A road runs parallel. Half way across the southern portion of the continent, more roads are visible and land has been separated into squares and triangles. I’m not sure what or how these plots are used; while they do seem to have brush, they don’t seem fertile enough for farming. (Note: I later learn that crops (wheat, maize, etc.) are successfully farmed here.)
This only the beginning of my 18 day Southern Africa adventure. I cannot wait to explore South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana. Eighteen days will not allow for more than the briefest glimpse…but I see Africa!